Overview

We would like your views on the proposed Residential Tenancies Regulations 2020.

The regulations contain supporting details about changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. The Victorian Government will implement those changes by 1 July 2020. They are based on feedback the Victorian community gave during the Fairer Safer Housing consultation. We consulted with key government, community and industry stakeholders about the regulations.

The regulations will affect rental providers (landlords) and the 1.5 million Victorians living in rental housing. This includes:

  • private rental housing
  • public and social housing
  • rooming houses
  • caravan parks
  • residential parks.

The regulations will include things like:

  • what rental minimum standards will look like
  • modifications renters can make to rental properties
  • updates to some forms for renters and rental providers. We have prepared sample copies of three of these forms to show what they will look like.

We have also prepared a Regulatory Impact Statement. It assesses the impact of the proposed Regulations on the community, including the costs and benefits of any alternative options.

This consultation will close on Wednesday 18 December 2019.

All submissions will be treated as public documents. You may choose to make an anonymous submission if you do not want your name published.


A note on terms used in the Regulations

The proposed Regulations and the Regulatory Impact Statement use new terms that will apply from 1 July 2020. These are:

  • renters – currently called tenants
  • rental providers – currently called landlords
  • rental agreements – currently called tenancy agreements
  • rooming house operators – currently called rooming house owners.


Make a submission

If you provide an email address, we will acknowledge receipt of your submission by email. If you do not receive an email receipt, please contact us at rentalreforms@justice.vic.gov.au.

Word format preferred. Your submission will be published on this website. For more information, view the privacy collection notice below.

Privacy collection notice

The purpose of this online engagement is to consult with the public on a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for the proposed Residential Tenancies Regulations 2020 (the Regulations). The consultation is being conducted by Regulation Policy and Governance Services (RPGS) within the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

As part of the consultation, the department is required to publish the proposed Regulations and RIS and invite public comments or submissions for a minimum of 28 days. This is required under the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 and the Victorian Guide to Regulation.

The department is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws.

The information you provide in your comment or submission will be considered by the department in providing advice to the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation to finalise the proposed Regulations.

To ensure a transparent process, comments and submissions will be published under your name and, where relevant, your organisation’s name on the Engage Victoria platform. Your email, home or business address and personal contact number will not be published. Comments and submissions will also be provided to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC) of Parliament after the Regulations are made, in accordance with the requirements of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994.

If you wish to make an anonymous submission or do not wish to provide your personal information, we will not be able to identify your comment or submission if you wish to access it, make a correction or require technical support.

Comments or submissions which consist of allegations or complaints against individuals, and are not comments on the proposed Regulations, will not be published. In these instances, the complaint will be referred for assessment and advice to the relevant area within Consumer Affairs Victoria if appropriate. You may access the information you have provided to the department for this consultation by contacting RPGS: rentalreforms@justice.vic.gov.au